An Aberdeen engineer braved last weekend’s Ironman triathlon to raise money for Bliss, the special care baby charity. Victoria Brumpton, who is also a former Captain in the Royal Engineers in the British Army, joined just under 2,000 other athletes in the seaside town of Tenby, Wales on Sunday to complete her challenge.
Incredibly, she managed to finish the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run in a phenomenal 12 hours and 52 minutes, coming fourth in her age division and 25th in the gender ranking. She said, “I’m really happy with the result and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.”
Victoria’s own family were supported by Bliss in 2013, when her cousin’s daughter Alexia was born ten weeks premature. She was kept in intensive care for three months, and underwent two operations. During this time Bliss was of great support and wrote a diary from Alexia’s point of view to say how happy she was to be getting better, and on mother’s day wrote a card from Alexia to mum Laura.
So far she has raised over £2,300, “I wanted to do something really physically challenging to raise awareness for Bliss and say thank you to them. I knew the Ironman would be tough, but it’s nothing compared to what Alexia and her mum and dad had to go through last year. Thinking of them and the effort Bliss made to ensure they could cope powered me through the challenge,” said Victoria.
You can still support Victoria and donate to Bliss to help babies born too soon, too small, too sick, just visit www.justgiving.com/Victoria-Brumpton-Iron/